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by stratokaster
25 Apr 2019, 16:30
Forum: Workshop
Topic: My Magicforce 68 rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: My Magicforce 68 rebuild

One final note: I should have put a heavier switch (something like MX Black) under the space bar, right now I can trigger it just with the weight of my thumb and it's not always convenient.
by stratokaster
20 Apr 2019, 12:53
Forum: Workshop
Topic: My Magicforce 68 rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: My Magicforce 68 rebuild

Yes, it's a surprisingly decent little keyboard, I think the layout is the perfect compromise between size and utility. Typing this right now on my rebuilt MF68 and it feels and sounds excellent. The only huge mistake I made is that I completely forgot to lube the stabilisers on Shift/Enter/Backspac...
by stratokaster
17 Apr 2019, 01:26
Forum: Workshop
Topic: My Magicforce 68 rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: My Magicforce 68 rebuild

Just three days in, the keyboard stopped working. I opened it up and discovered that the very stiff cable I used to make the pigtail... simply sheared the micro USB port off the Pro Micro. Now I understand why people complain about the goddamn port all the time. :evil: I managed to solder it back on...
by stratokaster
13 Apr 2019, 22:48
Forum: Workshop
Topic: My Magicforce 68 rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: My Magicforce 68 rebuild

I finally made it happen today. The old stuff, disassembled. I used a cheap desoldering iron from CPC Farnell and it worked surprisingly well, it took me about 20 minutes to desolder all 68 switches. cMF68_1.jpg New stuff: MF68 PCB, Kailh Pro Burgundy switches, a Chinese Pro Micro (and pin headers),...
by stratokaster
21 Mar 2019, 09:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Recommendation for Mac OS mechanical keyboard
Replies: 10
Views: 569

Re: Recommendation for Mac OS mechanical keyboard

I vaguely remember that several years ago macOS was not fully compatible with some USB keyboards that had full key rollover. But I have never encountered this issue in practice.
by stratokaster
23 Feb 2019, 15:10
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Alphameric 116K keyboard review (Alphameric vintage foam and foil)
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Re: Alphameric 116K keyboard review (Alphameric vintage foam and foil)

Very nice keycaps. I suspect this keyboard was used to typeset scientific publications back in the day.
by stratokaster
21 Feb 2019, 16:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Typing Demo XL - Matias Quiet Click (Matias Mini Quiet Pro)
Replies: 24
Views: 945

Re: Typing Demo XL - Matias Quiet Click (Matias Mini Quiet Pro)

Elrick wrote:
21 Feb 2019, 12:48
compared to all the standard Cherry junk that literally has no soul
soul is overrated
by stratokaster
21 Feb 2019, 14:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Objective reasons for using a mechanical keyboard
Replies: 26
Views: 1282

Re: Objective reasons for using a mechanical keyboard

My wife loves her Apple Magic Keyboard that came with her iMac. She feels that typing on a mechanical keyboard with long key travel is "more work". She's a university professor and author, and before that she was a journalist and a post-grad student, so I'd argue she does her fair share of typing an...
by stratokaster
20 Feb 2019, 14:35
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22465
Views: 1155947

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Found this just now on Flebay; https://www.ebay.com/itm/Filco-FKB-Skeleton-Vintage-PS-2-Japanese-Keyboard/123605471595?hash=item1cc775d16b:g:JssAAOSwNqRcRdDz Unique looking Filco, with some kind of bamboo-like Alps switches. I like it. Would compliment my Fujitsu Primergy mini-server quite well :lol:
by stratokaster
20 Feb 2019, 00:41
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Learning to touch-type properly
Replies: 12
Views: 858

Re: Learning to touch-type properly

Some more observations along the way: 1) I have some trouble switching between my laptop (normal ANSI), my desktop (ANSI Filco Minila Air which has a less staggered bottom row and a very troublesome right shift) and my work PC which has a full-size ISO-UK keyboard. Apparently, I will have to standar...
by stratokaster
16 Feb 2019, 22:56
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Learning to touch-type properly
Replies: 12
Views: 858

Re: Learning to touch-type properly

Bass wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 19:58
I didn't learn to touch type until I turned 20.
I'm 35 and making this leap only now :-)

Thanks for the tip about Typing of the Dead!
by stratokaster
15 Feb 2019, 09:40
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Learning to touch-type properly
Replies: 12
Views: 858

Re: Learning to touch-type properly

Thank you, this is very helpful! I'm not sure I will actually film myself typing, but I will be more conscious about my overall posture. The tip about not resting my wrists is especially helpful. I don't have problems with reaching further keys because I happen to have rather long fingers, however I...
by stratokaster
15 Feb 2019, 01:44
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Learning to touch-type properly
Replies: 12
Views: 858

Re: Learning to touch-type properly

Yes, I definitely hope I will be able to stick with it. It seems perseverance is the key in this case.
by stratokaster
15 Feb 2019, 00:30
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Learning to touch-type properly
Replies: 12
Views: 858

Learning to touch-type properly

I have never been a proper "touch-typist" meaning that I was able to type rather quickly (about 60 wpm on average) but I would use different fingers to hit the same keys and occasionally steal glances on the keyboard. Recently I decided to change this and finally start to touch-type properly: always...
by stratokaster
14 Feb 2019, 14:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: my opinion on Apple Wireless keyboard
Replies: 14
Views: 549

Re: my opinion on Apple Wireless keyboard

Maybe I missed something, but when did the definition of throttling changed from "cannot maintain its nominal frequency" to "does not maintain all-core turbo all the time?" I'm not defending Apple, but I also see this complaint in r/thinkpad all the time, and it's completely ridiculous. Modern Intel...
by stratokaster
09 Feb 2019, 19:20
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: PSA: don't buy hard drives from Amazon
Replies: 8
Views: 633

Re: PSA: don't buy hard drives from Amazon

For what it's worth, the hard drives I've had shipped from them over the years have all been packed as well as any mail order. Been a while, though. What makes me particularly livid is that I bought a cutting mat, a toothbrush and a set of rulers from them in December, and they packed this stuff in...
by stratokaster
09 Feb 2019, 10:35
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: PSA: don't buy hard drives from Amazon
Replies: 8
Views: 633

PSA: don't buy hard drives from Amazon

I ordered two Seagate IronWolf drives from Amazon and they showed up simply tossed into a box, without any padding, freely banging around. I contacted their support and explained the problem. They immediately arranged the return and the guy promised that I will get the replacement drives properly pa...
by stratokaster
08 Feb 2019, 17:53
Forum: News
Topic: HHKB refresh in 2019?
Replies: 57
Views: 3955

Re: HHKB refresh in 2019?

I have a Filco Minila Air with “horrible obsolete AA batteries” that lasts 1.5 years on one set of said batteries.

I’d take this over a Li-Pol accu any day of the week. Things that require frequent charging suck.
by stratokaster
06 Feb 2019, 21:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Not Sure I'm Happy with Cherry MX...
Replies: 151
Views: 5020

Re: Not Sure I'm Happy with Cherry MX...

Not sure I understand the term. In Russia and other post-Soviet countries, the term "youthful maximalism" («юношеский максимализм») is usually used to describe a mix of misguidedness and strongly held opinions commonly found in teenagers. But judging by the rest of your reply, I was wrong... Nothin...
by stratokaster
06 Feb 2019, 19:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Not Sure I'm Happy with Cherry MX...
Replies: 151
Views: 5020

Re: Not Sure I'm Happy with Cherry MX...

mattlach wrote:
06 Feb 2019, 18:57
My guiding philosophy is, "If it's on Youtube, it;'s probably crap".

I trust written articles. I don't trust anything anyone says in a Youtube video.
Spoken like a true youthful maximalist, as we say in Russia :-D
by stratokaster
04 Feb 2019, 20:22
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Not Sure I'm Happy with Cherry MX...
Replies: 151
Views: 5020

Re: Not Sure I'm Happy with Cherry MX...

I had the same opinion ("all linear switches suck!") several years ago, but I gradually discovered that I sometimes prefer lightweight linear switches to anything else.
by stratokaster
04 Feb 2019, 10:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Not Sure I'm Happy with Cherry MX...
Replies: 151
Views: 5020

Re: Not Sure I'm Happy with Cherry MX...

I don't really like typing on Cherry MX boards, but they're very decent switches if we also consider such things as longevity, resistance to dust and debris, complete absence of binding on off-center keypresses, and keycap stability. I think Space Invaders is the only other switch family comparable ...
by stratokaster
03 Feb 2019, 12:23
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How do you guys repair cut PCB traces?
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: How do you guys repair cut PCB traces?

Yes, it looks like somebody used a very aggressive flux that corroded the trace.

My first instinct would be to clean the PCB with a brush and 99% IPA.
by stratokaster
30 Jan 2019, 16:07
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Happy birthday to DT
Replies: 20
Views: 784

Re: Happy birthday to DT

I sent my retrocomputing stuff to Sixty in early January and got a Space Invaders keyboard from him a couple of weeks later. He also gave me some advice regarding NMB switches.

BTW, he told me that he's not interested in keyboards anymore, but apparently he's very much into retrocomputing.
by stratokaster
27 Jan 2019, 22:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Toshiba-branded Alps Bigfoot keyboard with red + clicky Alps switches
Replies: 27
Views: 1809

Re: Toshiba-branded Alps Bigfoot keyboard with red + clicky Alps switches

Why do i think it's just Matias red linear stems with the dampeners removed put into a clicky alps switch? I can't see the picture that well on my bad monitor but it looks like there was a space in the sides of the slider for the dampeners. I also tested putting a red linear Matias stem into a blue...
by stratokaster
26 Jan 2019, 00:07
Forum: Workshop
Topic: My Magicforce 68 rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: My Magicforce 68 rebuild

I now have all the components I need to rebuild the keyboard, but I just realised I don't have any desoldering tools (which I need to remove the old switches and PCB). So it will have to wait until my new desoldering pump arrives from the UK :-) (I used to have a small desoldering gun but I had to g...
by stratokaster
20 Jan 2019, 18:22
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: NMB Hi-Tek switch — white linear with LED
Replies: 0
Views: 139

NMB Hi-Tek switch — white linear with LED

Hi all, I have an NMB Hi-Tek 725 AT-style keyboard which works, but has one problem: its Scroll Lock key has a regular (non-LED) switch. The previous owner told me that he accidentally destroyed the original switch and had to replace it, but didn't have any LED-equipped switches at hand. I want to r...
by stratokaster
15 Jan 2019, 09:27
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Cooler Master SK630: sexy meaningless keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 1949

Re: Cooler Master SK630: sexy meaningless keyboard

Thanks for the excellent review, Matt3o!

I actually like pretty much everything about this keyboard: the slim form-factor, the looks and the USB-C connector. Shame about the keycaps though...
by stratokaster
14 Jan 2019, 09:03
Forum: Workshop
Topic: My Magicforce 68 rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: My Magicforce 68 rebuild

Thanks for the offer, Mu, it’s really appreciated! Alas, my keyboard is ANSI.
by stratokaster
13 Jan 2019, 22:51
Forum: Workshop
Topic: My Magicforce 68 rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 809

My Magicforce 68 rebuild

I have a dinky Magicforce 68 keyboard, which I bought when it was first announced simply because I liked its keyboard layout (I still do). It also has a nice metal top plate. However, every other aspect of the keyboard turned out to be terrible: the keycaps are shite, some of the switches (I went wi...

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